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TV Baby Names: A short history of telebabies

Ever since Little Ricky’s birth on I Love Lucy coincided with the birth of real life Desi Arnaz, Jr (aka Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV) —which was celebrated on the cover of the very first issue of TV Guide in 1953—audiences have been interested in the arrivals—and names, of course– of TV babies.

Some of these babies had names that were typical of their eras, while others were newer and more influential. Some of the newborns were allowed to grow up, while others remained babies, some were merely plot devices that quickly vanished. One of the names was important enough to be featured in the show’s title—Hope on Raising Hope.
Here, in rough reverse chronological order, are some of the most memorable TV baby names:


Amy---Up All Night

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At first Amy seems like an oddly retro choice for this contemporary show—after all, Amy’s run as a Top 10 name was from 1969 to 1982-- until you realize it might well have been inspired by co-star Will Arnett’s wife, Amy Poehler, mother of their sons Archibald and Abel, making it a sweet tribute.

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